There is bad news for some BMW 3 series owners.
The story began that some BMW 3 series owners found serious rust on the bottom side of seat. It was not happened eventually... after all, they found that some production of new F30 3 series has born in Rusty bottom side of seat.
The problem was that BMW & BMW Korea did not recall this parts, they treated it by cleaning and taking rust prevention only. A lot of owner were angry about this. BMW Korea offered to replace the rust parts as new, but this particular owner wanted his 320d replaced in full instead.
Seat rust has been reported by other 1 Series and 3 Series owners also. See:
So yesterday, one BMW owner in Korea who has rusty F30 3 series seats took his car outside BMW office and spray painted "RUSTY BMW" on his car.
So is your F30 affected?
Here's details from an information bulletin document from Korea BMW:
BMW Group Korea
Information for Sales & Service Advisor ISA1201026
Subject : 1, 3 series seat frame rust
Information Date : 22th Nov 2012
- We confirmed that there is rust on front seat frame of some of the new 3 series and 1 series released before Nov. 2012.
- These released 58 cars of 1 series in Oct 2012, some of 5006 cars of 3 series from Feb to Oct 2012.
- Seat frame made from steel "Fe", under rust preventative but in this case, we confirmed it's out of rust preventative the part in red circle and we patch it from Nov. 2012
- This is not effective to running the car, but we will work on rust prevention to new 1, 3 series which released Nov 2012, if we find it.